This was done using a Wacom Intuos5 tablet and the Corel Painter x3 program.
The background was done by just putting blotches of paint down using the acrylic paint while trying out different brushes. The blending of the colours was done using different blending tools.
The translucent ribbons were done on the artist brush setting using the Sargent Brush. I love the flow of that brush and the curves of the ribbons.